Best Restaurants in Williamsburg

May 10, 2018
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by Zagat Staff

Between classics that are still great and exciting newcomers, there are a lot of restaurants to keep track of in this neighborhood. That's why we narrowed down the best of them in this guide - use it to find a spot for date night, a group dinner, or just the next time you get hungry.

Peter Luger Steak House
Steakhouse · Williamsburg · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.2

“Still the one and only” , this circa-1887 Williamsburg “monument to meat” sets the bar with its “buttery” house-aged beef ( “they define porterhouse” ) served by “cantankerous” career waiters in a “busy” “old-time” German beer hall setting; the “rough-and-tumble” style “only adds to the charm” , but prices are “stiff” and they don’t take plastic, so come with “a lot of cash.”
Meadowsweet
New American · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

The flavors are “on point” at this Williamsburg “standout” from former Dressler chef Polo Dobkin whose “ever-changing” New American menu highlights his “ingenuity” ; the “bright, airy” space has a “hip” , “laid-back” vibe, and the “attentive” staff is another big plus.
Lilia
Italian · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Missy Robbins’ “mind-blowing” housemade pastas and wood-fired entrees are declared “exactly what Italian food should be” at this “outstanding” arrival to the Williamsburg dining scene; the “spare-but-warm” space – complete with “lovely open kitchen” , “sweeping bar” and plenty of “buzz” – is overseen by an “excellent” staff, so the only real problem is “getting a reservation.”
Zenkichi
Japanese · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“Zen is the appropriate word” for this “special” Williamsburg Japanese featuring “peaceful” private cubicles where “mindful” staffers can be summoned with the “press of a button” ; adding to the “romantic” mood is an “excellent” , izakaya-style small-plates menu paired with “top-notch” sakes.
Traif
American · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

Given its name (which roughly translates as ‘non-kosher’), look for “lots of pork and shellfish” on the “innovative” Eclectic menu of this “intimate” Williamsburg “winner” , featuring a small plates–centric format geared toward “sharing” ; regulars say “splurging on the tasting menu” is the way to go.
Delaware and Hudson
American · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.4

A “constantly changing” prix fixe menu “honors the seasons” at this Williamsburg American where “elevated” takes on Mid-Atlantic comfort food are “delicious” and “well presented” by an “accommodating” crew; the “warm, cozy” surrounds fill up fast, but an attached tavern offering à la carte bites adds more room.
Llama Inn
Peruvian · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

“Big, bold” flavors come across in the “devilishly creative” Peruvian dishes at this Williamsburg hot spot where the mix of “inventive” pisco cocktails and an “in-the-know” crowd makes for a “great bar scene” ; the “cool” airy space has lots of counter seating (plus some tables), and there’s also a rooftop for drinks and snacks.
The Four Horsemen
Gastropub · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

A “killer wine list” filled with “quirky” finds is the headliner at this Williamsburg nook from musician James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), but the seasonal American fare is “spot-on” too; “sleek” and “perfectly dimmed” with a front bar, it draws “hip, but mature” types who keep the mood “convivial.”
Maison Premiere
Oyster Bar · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

It “really feels like the Big Easy” at this “gorgeous” Williamsburg hang offering “beautiful, plump” oysters and “serious” cocktails (including “creative” absinthe options) alongside other “delicious” seafood-focused dishes in “old New Orleans” digs; snagging a seat is “tough” , but a seasonal garden helps.
Shalom Japan
Jewish · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

If you think Jewish-Japanese food is a “strange concept” , the “exciting” “marriage of cuisines” at this cozy South Williamsburg standout may “change your mind” ; converts advise: reserve ahead, check out the chalkboard menu and “splurge” a little.
Fette Sau
Barbecue · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.6

It's the “quintessential Williamsburg experience” to “join the hipsters” at this “serious foodie” “heaven” for “awesome” dry-rub, by-the-pound BBQ paired with “artisanal” beers and bourbons; no rezzies means “crazy lines” for “cafeteria-style” service in a “former garage” outfitted with “communal picnic tables” – but to most it's so “worth it.”
Diner
American · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

“Handwritten menus” announce the daily roster of “consistently excellent” New American bites (including a “phenomenal” burger) at this “funky” local fixture in Williamsburg; set in a 1920s dining car and overseen by a “knowledgeable” crew, it has a “quintessential hipster” vibe that carries over to the outside seating area.
St. Anselm
Steakhouse · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Hipster” carnivores “leave smiling” from this “New Age” Williamsburg steakhouse supplying “mind-blowing” naturally raised beef and “excellent” sides in “rustic” , brick-lined digs; “modest prices” make up for the “daunting” waits caused by the no-reservations policy, though regulars “kill time” at its neighboring “sister bar” , Spuyten Duyvil.
Kings County Imperial
Chinese · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

Local ingredients go into the “delicious” , “eclectic” Chinese fare at this “lively” Williamsburg hangout, where a “warm” crew serves family-style plates and tiki-inspired cocktails; decked in mahogany, the “cool” digs feature red booths, a curved bar and laser-cut light boxes with vintage Chinese landscapes.
OKONOMI // YUJI Ramen
Japanese · Williamsburg · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

“Talk about originality” , this “tiny” Williamsburg Japanese from chef Yuji Haraguchi provides “traditional” ichiju-sansai set meals for breakfast and lunch, then segues into Yuji Ramen at night, offering “cutting-edge” noodle soups; seats can be scarce in the “minimal” space, which doesn’t take reservations.
Marlow & Sons
American · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

An “upscale” Williamsburg “hipster” joint from way back, this “market-to-table” pioneer puts forth a daily changing menu of “delicious-in-every-detail" New American fare, matched with an “excellent” drinks list; factor in the “appropriately Brooklyn” staff and vibe, and no wonder it’s “always a good time.”
Bamonte's
Italian · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

“Red sauce is king” at this “long-established” (since 1900) Williamsburg Italian, which remains “the ultimate old-school Brooklyn” joint for “belly-bustin’” standards “like grandma made” ; the “time warp” backdrop’s “not fancy” , but the “tuxedoed waiters” and assorted “characters” (e.g. “wise guys” ) are “wildly entertaining.”
Allswell
American · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.9

“Very Brooklyn” , this rustic Williamsburg pub serves up a “rotating menu” of “flavorful” American grub with “complex” farm-to-table ingredients; occupying “cozy, ski-chalet” quarters with an “appropriately hipsterized” staff and clientele, it’s especially “popular at brunch.”
Win Son
Chinese · Williamsburg · $$

This casual Williamsburg spot behind a bodega-style awning is devoted to Taiwanese American dishes like noodles and buns. There’s a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, plus cocktails with sweet and savory touches.
Emmy Squared
Pizza · Williamsburg · $$

An offshoot of Clinton Hill’s Emily, this modern Williamsburg pizza place specializes in Detroit-style square pies plus Italian sandwiches and one notable burger. The spacious interior with white-washed brick walls has high-top and standard tables as well as a downstairs burger bar.
Sunday In Brooklyn
American · Williamsburg · $$$

Atera alum Jaime Young is one of the chef partners behind this three-story Williamsburg American, with a ground-level market for groceries, pastries, coffee and house-baked breads, as well as an earthy barroom and upstairs dining room – designed with white wooden beams and marble tables – leading to an outdoor garden. The third floor, with a fireplace and skylight, is for private events.